End of the season brings milestones and memorable moments

We’re already knee-deep in district basketball postseason play, but wanted to pass along some of the cool things we’ve seen come down the pike as players and teams not only work toward their on-court goals but also create memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Like this from Dani Berry, who described breaking Francis Howell’s 32 year old all-time scoring record last month and how important it was to do it on Senior Night.

This season has been a dream.   When we were all playing together in 8th grade we dreamed of having this kind of success in high school.  Rachel, Carly, Morgan, Leah, Kelly, and I have been together for 5 years.
Breaking the school scoring record last night (February 23) was made special because I got to share the night with the girls I love.  It was even more awesome because Carly Harper scored her 1000th point in the same game.

Francis Howell faces Howell Central on Friday for a district title.

  • Consider what Troy Buchanan and Francis Howell North were able to do for a member of the Troy student staff, last month. Here’s how Troy student journalist Paige Fitzgibbons described it:

There were seven seconds left on the clock. Zachary Shepard stood behind the 3-point line and squared up for his shot. Everyone sat on the edge of their seats as the ball soared through the air and into the basket.

Troy Buchanan High School’s varsity boys basketball team had a home game against Francis Howell North. Troy Buchanan had the lead in the fourth quarter, with their competitors trailing by double digits.

At this point, Ryan Meyers, Troy Buchanan’s coach, decided to put the team’s manager, senior Zachary Shepard, into the game.

“We were fortunate enough to have a lead at the end of the game, where we were able to get Zach Shepard, our manager, in the game. And of course, he is beloved by all of his teammates for all the time and effort he has put in, so we really felt like he deserved this opportunity,” Meyers said.

Prior to the start of the game, Meyer and Francis Howell North coach Darrell Davis decided Shepard would play near the end of the game, giving him a chance to play during his senior year.

“Zach was able to get several attempts at a three point shot,” Meyers said. “Right when he made it, everybody started cheering and his teammates mobbed him, so it was pretty neat.”

Shepard was appreciative of the opportunity and thankful to be able to inspire other people.

“The coaches had a special moment planned out for me. That way I can spread joy and plant a seed in so many people’s hearts, to spread kindness throughout the world and show happiness in God’s way,” Shepard said.

  • And last but not least, consider what happened when the Pacific Boys basketball team found itself with a memorable way to end the home season. Cameron Van Leer explains:

Heading into our final week of the regular season we had two games left. Senior night, we played Washington at the Reservation. We gave all three of our seniors the opportunity to start and late in the 4th quarter they were in as well. Ryan Ray and Jay King both hit late 3’s. The crowd ERUPTED!!!! Great ways to end their careers in front of the home crowd!!!

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